The Cairo based club has received an official offer from Italian outfit Genoa for the services of Zamalek’s “Shikabala,” Mahmoud Abdel-Razek, this summer to replace the Serie A side’s teenager Stephan El Shaarawy who was born to an Egyptian father.
Last month, Genoa announced that Serie A champions AC Milan paid €10 million to secure part ownership of Italian starlet Stephan El Shaarawy, after which Genoa’s scouts suggested Shikabala to be the teenager’s alternative.
The Serie A outfit management sent a formal request to Zamalek asking them about the price of the remaining six months in Shikabala’s contract which expires next January.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder is reportedly close to wearing the jersey of Saudi side’s Al Shabab next season, as press reports claimed that Shikabala, whose future with Zamalek remains under scrutiny, has already put pen to paper on a one and a half year, €3 million contract with the Saudi outfit.
Furthermore, French side Saint Etienne and English clubs Newcastle, Blackburn and Birmingham have reportedly expressed their interest in signing Shikabala, whose only European experience was with Greek outfit PAOK from 2004 to 2006.
The Pharaohs midfielder asked Zamalek’s management to delay his contract's extension negotiations until finishing his national duty with the military team, as he is free to negotiate a move away from the club according to FIFA regulations, given that he only has six months to run on his current deal with Zamalek.